[kuh m-pley-suh n-see]
- a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc.
- friendly civility; inclination to please; complaisance.
- a civil act.
Also com·pla·cence [kuh m-pley-suh ns] /kəmˈpleɪ səns/.
Origin of complacency
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Examples from the Web for complacency
In one sentence, he asserts: “Panic is worse than complacency.”The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
A psychiatrist who attended one such conference blamed television for the complacency.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
But judging by our complacency, you would be forgiven for not knowing this.Western Jihadists in Syria Threaten to Bring Their War Back Home
April 27, 2014
They went out of their way to tell me how such programs “breed” complacency, laziness, and—wait for it—dependency.When Did ‘Dependence’ Become a Dirty Word?
April 6, 2014
This is a film that takes apart your complacency as surely as this alien world destroys Thomas Newton.‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ Is a Classic Twice over—as a Movie and a Novel
February 9, 2014
"It's a shame," she said, with a marked effort to subdue her own complacency.Miss Pat at School
He might well think with some complacency of the influence he had exerted on the world.Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Even as it was, I felt a slight degree of complacency at the circumstance.My Bondage and My Freedom
Calmer thoughts succeeded this little flicker of complacency.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Mr. Burton Henderson accepted his wife's amendment with complacency.The Lovely Lady
- a feeling of satisfaction, esp extreme self-satisfaction; smugness
- an obsolete word for complaisance
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Word Origin and History for complacency
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